fraternie (916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An essay in balance, as rich caramel malt combines with super plummy, raisiny character and vivid dark berry and bing cherry fruit. Finishes on a subtly intertwined sour note. Long fniish, all in finesse.
DuffMan (8044) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2015 by Sid. Batch 007 from 2011. Very hazy golden amber, sour cherries and bready caramel, yoghurt and light funk. I could crush a lot of this
SinH4 (1131) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2015 Sampler at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Copper-amber color with small white ring. Oaky, apple tartness, plumbs, caramel. Still definitely a Sour Red, but it?s American - undoubtful. Taste is heavy on the lemon citrusness, but also plums, candied apples, and a bit bitter - feels like a heavy french red-wine, quite tanninic. Perfect mouthfeel. A truly great beer.
PartyFowle (668) - - JUN 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Colored a deep crimson-brown, with a little yellow at the edges. Smell is of caramel malts and syrupy molasses. Carbonation is noticeable in the nose and almost burns the nostrils if you whiff too close. Flavor is two-sided: malt up front, tartness in the back. Barrel-aging produced a very pronounced wood flavor, almost like chewing on a piece of oak. You get a blast of orangey lemon citrus just at the swallow. Tartness is most noticeable as you begin to drink, but the dark, rich, woody flavors come after the swallow and builds after each sip. Medium body. Heavily carbonated almost to champagne levels, but it works. A complex and delicious brew, with each flavor pairing beautifully and playing off the others. Bottles empty themselves quickly in my presence.
MRodgers1982 (111) - USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wood and tart plum aroma. Flavor of tartness malts and dark fruits. Finishes dry and plumb wine like.
bartzluke (391) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 oz chilled pour from tap into cylindrical taster as part of Russian River’s “everything on tap” sampled (16 beers this time around) at the brewery itself. I realize that drinking 16 different 3 oz pours is not ideal for proper rating, but when will I ever have an opportunity like this again?
Tastes like a very sour cider. Bit fruity, but in a different kind of way.
Zakoon (284) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5 cl bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours reddish brown/deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is grape, sour fruit, oak, overripe fruit and currants. Flavour is acidic sour and a little funky. Medium bodied, slick texture, fizzy carbonation.
ShelbyGrey (186) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best beers of Russian River i’ve ever tryed.awesome well balance between sour, wood and final taste.great aroma
koleminer20 (1038) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reserve Bottle Program at Russian River. 750 mL bottle from Batch 2 bottled on 30 March 2009. The pour is a dark brownish red with a thin ring of light egg shell colored head and no lace. The aroma is a little winey but the oak, currants, and malts are really good. The aroma is so well melded. The flavor is excellent. A little grape, a lot of currant, and some wonderful oak. It’s definitely dry as well. Sharp and tart. The mouth feel is good. It’s dry, but moderately viscous. The carbonation is just about perfect, even after all these years. The aftertaste is lingeringly winey and full of sharp dry currants. Great beverage ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the Russian River Brewing Co, Santa Rosa, CA.
Clear dark copper colour with a sweet off-white head.
Mild sourness, woody notes, red wine, sugar and dark fruits in the aroma.
Redcurrant, tartness, moderate sourness, red wine and sweetness in the flavour. Balanced and tasty.